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Exciting ocean fantasy adventure starts series.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The kids in the book navigate a world that is more adult.


A boy almost drowns and two men are attacked by gray seals. A girl smacks another girl at school after she makes fun of her. Some scary situations in which children are frightened or worried.


Discussion of a man falling in love with a woman and running away with her, leaving behind a pregnant lover.


A boy swears but all we see is: *&@#!%*


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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there are some scary situations (none graphic) and kids deal with the loss of a parent. One swear word uttered by a boy is written like this: *&@#!%*

What's the story?

When Sapphire and Conor's dad mysteriously disappears, most people believe he's dead. Ever hopeful, Conor begins sneaking off to the ocean to look for him. Sapphire follows and discovers a world of wonder, excitement, and danger that their family is strangely connected to. Could her new friends lead to her father?

Is it any good?


The first in a series, this is the kind of book that gets kids excited about reading. Helen Dunmore weaves an exciting, masterful tale of mermaids, mystery, and mythology. She keeps readers on the edge of their seats as they journey with Sapphy and Conor through the world of Ingo. What is this new place and how is it connected to Sapphy and Conor's father, and to them? How can they find him without getting lost themselves? Dunmore keeps readers guessing while treating them to beautiful scenery and fantastic adventures.

Character development is key to a good story and Dunmore allows her characters to mature as they become involved in more adult circumstances. Sapphy grows from being carried like a child in the first chapter to a person able to harness the power of Ingo. Her relationship with her brother changes and strengthens. They both recognize strengths and weaknesses in each other and readers will be drawn to their vulnerability and curiosity. Sapphy narrates the story with quick wit and a realism readers will enjoy.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about using the rationale of "the ends justifying the means." Faro believed it was OK to do anything to protect the ocean against pollution and human interference. Was he correct? When have you seen people use this rationale?

Book details

Author:Helen Dunmore
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:HarperCollins Children's Books
Publication date:August 8, 2008
Number of pages:336
Publisher's recommended age(s):10

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Kid, 9 years old April 2, 2009


I read Ingo a few years ago and it is still one of my faves! It is so magical and you will want to read the other 3. It is so discriptive!!!! When she is sad, you are sad, when she are happy, you are happy ( and so on....) So please read it and recomend it to others.
Kid, 10 years old April 14, 2010


This book is AMAZINGLY great!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 11 years old August 29, 2009

Love it

It keeps you reading
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models